Talked to Imdarr, who suggested they check out the tavern and the dwarven book at Stephen’s, as well as Brother Earldon
Talked to brother earldon, confirmed TD in beliard two tendays ago
Talked to Zomith the drunk caravan guard, confirmed they were on the road fifteen days ago before brawl
Talked to Stephen Vallivoe and learned about book, bought it and Kresh revealed connection
Talked to Greenboot the shepherd who led them to graves, learned about tower in distance and he revealed a bit of info.
They struck off to the tower and met Salva, she talked to them a bit, denied knowledge of stuff. Went up to see Kuzzik. He was friendly, also denied knowledge. Reefer looked through spyglass but didn’t see the graves (8 miles away) He tld a bit of his backstory and invited them to stay for the feast.
Befoer the feast, Percy studied the Dwarven book and Kresh studied also. Reefer toured the tower with Salva, while Darth sparred with kuzzik, spectated by Shan and the knights. Darth gained the early advantage, striking a cracking initial blow that staggered Kuzzik and easily avoiding Kuzzik’s counter. He pressed his advantage but in the end found himself driven back towards the edge of the tower, where he yielded the battle. Kuzzik congratulated him on his prowess and the fine crack Darth had given his ribs in the start of the fight.
Reefer’s conversation with Salva revealed that all of the knights come from the Waterdhavian nobility, and she had split ties with her family to join. As a noblewoman, she would hav been expected to make a political marriage, but she was currently unattached and unconcerned with such things.
At the feast, they told tales of their prowess in defeating the self-styled Lord of Lance Rock and he and his knights were duly impressed. They leanred Kuzzik’s backstory. Lookout called out Manticore and the hunt was on.
Reefer and Shan went with Salva, while Percy and Dartholomus went with the four Feathergale Knights. Kresh stayed behind to babysit Yingzi the panther.
Reefer and Shan’s keen senses enabled their team to find the manticore first. Getting the drop on it, Reefer struck it with a sneak attack, wounding it severely. Jumped on it but a mediocre roll resulted in him clinging to its wing, still he managed to stab it that way. Shan saved him. THen Darth and Percy showed up and joined the fray, followed y the remaining knights. Shan dropped Reefer onto the manticore’s back and then slayed it with a well-placed arrow shot. As Reefer fell, both Percy and Darth attemped to save hime but were unable to do so, however Salva was able to swopp in and save him.
The party took some manticore spines as souvenirs as the knights took their trophies as well, then headed back to the tower. They feasted and drank some more, and Shan was awarded her ring for slaying the manticore. Kuzzik menitoned that the monks of the Stone Monastery were suspicious and they should check them out. His knights hadn’t done it because they don’t have skills for subterfuge, only noble combat.
Meanwhile, Salva took Reefer aside and said that she’d been impressed enough by his bravery that she would sponsor him to kuzzik for inclusion in the Feathergale Knights, which is normally open only to nobles. She also revealed that they have a secret mission to harness the power of elemental air to destroy the enemies of Waterdeep.